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January 2007 Archives


I thought I'd do a bit of a recap on the event so far. Its my first visit to London so everything here is a bit new. I can saw however that there is a certain element of comfort in that I have gotten to see many of my friends at the event. The attendance is great over 600+ and the content is reasonably solid as well. I say reasonably only because they are forced to span the advanced to the elementary in many of the talks so its difficult to keep all of us happy all the time.

Andreas Bitterer kicked things off yesterday and shared his latest research: Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence Platforms, 1Q07. The leaders quadrant continues to contain Business Objects, Cognos, Hyperion, Oracle and SAS. New comer to the report is Spotfire who was included due to it's "innovative analysis capabilities and positioning".


Microsoft's Alex Payne spoke in a session yesterday to a standing room only audience as he presented the importance of pervasive business intelligence. An interesting point was discussed during the session concerning pricing. The bottom line being that low cost or "cheap pricing" doesn't always mean that a product isn't enterprise quality or feature rich. Alex drove the point home by unveiling the new pricing options available and it caused a few gasps in the room. In short, enterprise ready business intelligence at extremely aggressive pricing has officially arrived.

Several people left the room in a rush after the slide went up, its possible not everyone in the space is pleased with the new pricing?

I hope to have more on the Microsoft piece today.

Posted January 31, 2007 6:51 AM
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The long awaited launch of Windows Vista is happening as you read this. Overall once the driver issues are resolved and a bit of public beta testing happens this will probably be a very strong offering from Microsoft. If your still wondering what all the noise is about and would like to see it in action without committing to a complete system install take a look at http://www.windowsvistatestdrive.com/ they have a very nice interface for looking at Vista and actually allow you to give some of the features a test drive.

Posted January 30, 2007 4:22 PM
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I got a full briefing on the new Logi 8 product last week and I have to say that I am impressed. LogiXML is doing things a bit differently than the rest and it adds value for the customer. The LogiXML solution is completely web based can save a company upwards of 80% when compared against other providers in the space and with this launch offers a complete full featured integrated BI stacked solution.

LogiXML has been in the market since 2000 and has a large user base. They tend to take the development cycle quite seriously and are almost always making improvements to the system. The new Version 8 brings together their 4 main products Logi 8 Ad Hoc Reporting, Logi 8 Info, Logi 8 Mart, Logi 8 OLAP Reporting into a fully featured BI architecture.

I recommend that you include LogiXML on your short list when comparing vendors in this area. LogiXML is competitive feature for feature with the more prominent enterprise class names in the space.

Posted January 30, 2007 6:51 AM
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This one is a solid match. The technology that Diaz Nesamoney, CEO of Celequest and his team have developed over the past year is fantastic. Celequest has been really thinking outside the box or perhaps I should say "in the box", I blogged about the Celequest Lava Appliance last year in October in Software as a Service - On Demand Dashboards as well as in April with LAVA is a hot new appliance for BI.

The news on the acquisition is that the "Celequest's appliance-based offering will strengthen Cognos' channel opportunities, while Celequests' SaaS and appliance models will boost Cognos' mid-market and departmental offerings."

Congratulations to Celequest and to Cognos for spotting a winner and moving on it.

Posted January 17, 2007 8:32 AM
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I am very happy to announce that TDAN.com and the Business Intelligence network have joined forces. The strategic partnership was announced Monday. Having TDAN.com join the Network opens many opportunites for both companies to work together including co-branded web events, shared content and the power of reaching a larger audience. For those of you who have not visited the site you should check it out. www.tdan.com.

Watch for Robert S. Seiner the President and Publisher of TDAN.com to start contributing to the Network with his own channel on b-eye-network.com.

I'm really proud that TDAN.com chose the Network as its partner and look forward to seeing the TDAN.com audience on the Network sites.

Posted January 16, 2007 11:09 AM
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